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Why did the Voyager Doctor have to scrub in?

The very short answer is that he doesn't need to scrub in. That's literally the point of this scene although I suspect looking at the comments on the internet that this was waaay too subtle for all ...
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Do the Borg not wonder why everybody hates them?

A refusal to submit to assimilation is prima facie evidence that the individuals involved are acting like stupid, spoiled children. I've selectively quoted the Borg Queen to give an overview of their ...
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Has the autodestruct sequence ever not been aborted on a Starfleet vessel?

Yes In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701 - from TOS) is famously destroyed by the autodestruct sequence following the boarding of the Klingons:
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Why does Seven of Nine pronounce "Futile" differently than Locutus?

Jeri Ryan stated in an interview for the September 1999 issue of Playboy magazine (no, she does not appear nude) that she asked the producers of Voyager if she should pronounce it "few-tile" ...
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Was ST:VOY watered down?

One of the show's writers, Ronald D Moore, would agree with you. In fact, he left Voyager because of a lot of the issues you mentioned. Eventually his ideas for what Voyager should have been were ...
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Was Voyager really significantly slower than the Enterprise-D?

2,700,000 light years in 300 years is 9000 times the speed of light. Depending on what source you go by, this is either a bit over warp 9.99 (the Voyager technical guide) or significantly less than ...
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Was ST:VOY watered down?

Voyager was supposed to be more intense than TNG, but multiple concurrent projects forced the creative team to revert to the TNG format of episodes. The official Star Trek web site published the ...
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Was Tuvok bluffing when he said that Voyager's transporters rendered the Kazon weapons useless?

This capability of the transporter was previously established in the TNG episode "The Most Toys". Data begins to fire a disruptor, but is caught in a transport beam as the weapon begins to ...
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Do the Q fear the Borg?

Each interaction with the Borg results in them learning more about you. Since they are driven by ultimate evolution through assimilation of worthy beings and cultures, the Q having interactions with ...
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Has the autodestruct sequence ever not been aborted on a Starfleet vessel?

Yes. In Voyager: Deadlock, Janeway blows up the Voyager.
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Does Voyager ever answer a distress call from anyone good?

In VOY: Prime Factors the crew answer a distress call from the Sikarians. They turn out to be extremely friendly, bordering on Risian. In VOY: The 37's the crew answer a distress call and find ...
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Does same-species racism exist in Star Trek?

There was "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield,” a remarkably unsubtle clunker of an episode, in spite of its worthy message. SPOILER-NOT-SPOILER: The pair above is the mirror image of the other, i.e., ...
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Has Starfleet Command or the Federation ever formally acknowledged the Q Continuum?

Yes. Knowledge of Q is widespread among Starfleet personnel. JANEWAY: Look, I don't know what you want here, but I know who you are. Every captain in Starfleet has been briefed about your appearances ...
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When was the earliest opportunity the Voyager crew had to return to the Alpha quadrant after being stranded?

Voyager first had an opportunity to return home at the end of "Caretaker", the very first episode, but Janeway felt it was more important to ensure the destruction of the Caretaker's array than to use ...
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Why wasn't Harry Kim promoted beyond ensign, when others like Tom Paris were multiple times?

Out-of-universe, the answer is pretty much Janeway's. Garret Wang, the actor who played Kim, gets asked this in interviews a lot, as you might imagine. In a 2011 interview with StarTrek.com, for ...
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Why does The EMH Doctor feel emotion, but Data does not?

Data's lack of emotions is intentional According to Lore, Dr. Soong deliberately left many features out of Data's programming in a bid to make him less threatening to humans. LORE: It would be ...
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What was the highest rated episode of Star Trek?

You can see the Nielsen ratings for ALL modern Star Trek episodes (TNG, DS9, VOY, and ENT) plotted together on this handy graph from here: Which confirms Richard's answer (the highest outside of TOS ...
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If the USS Equinox crew joined the USS Voyager, who would be captain?

Janeway. Janeway is in charge of Voyager. If the crew of the Equinox would join with Voyager's crew as the crew of the Val Jean did, Janeway would still be in charge of Voyager - that is her command ...
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Has the autodestruct sequence ever not been aborted on a Starfleet vessel?

In "Where No Man Has Gone Before", the Enterprise picks up a ship recorder from the SS Valiant, a ship that had crossed the edge of galaxy 200 years earlier. The recorder indicated that the Valiant's ...
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How did Tom Paris come up with this warp to miles-per-second estimate in The 37s?

More or less he made it up. There's a couple of things to back this up Star Trek does everything in the metric system. Of course, that would confuse Earhart, because a good portion of the world ...
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How was Seven of Nine the seventh of nine people to be assimilated?

Seven of Nine was not assimilated with nine other people. She was assimilated along with her parents, Magnus and Erin Hansen. At some point in the future, she was then assigned to a working group ...
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Where does the second door in Captain Janeway's 'Ready Room' lead?

It seems to lead through a small ante-chamber back out into the corridor that runs behind the bridge. Voy: Shattered Presumably there will be times when you want a crewman to attend the Captain in ...
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Why would people know how to hand write in Star Trek?

A skill can be completely obsolete, and yet still widely known. For example: many people ride horses, despite the horse being obsolete for the sake of cars. Many people practice archery, despite guns ...
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Why did Captain Janeway decide it would be better to deal with the Borg than Species 8472?

About 25 minutes into Part I, Kes gets a message from them, indicating that they simply wish to destroy all life they encounter: Kes: I could hear its thoughts. The pilot of the bioship was trying ...
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Star Trek episode where old people have to die?

You're referring to TNG "Half a Life". Per wikipedia; ""Half a Life" is the 96th episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and the 22nd episode of the ...
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Do they still use days of the week or months in the era of Stardates?

Yes, they use days of the week as well as months. It's a running gag in Star Trek: Generations that the necessary equipment will be installed on Tuesday. HARRIMAN: We don't have a tractor beam. ...
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What was the highest rated episode of Star Trek?

The series premiere for TOS (The Man Trap) opened with a Nielsen rating of 25.2 (albeit facing dramatically less competition than future shows). This is a figure that would never again be matched by ...
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What really happened to the USS Voyager in "Living Witness"?

Lets look at the transcript. The Kyrians did not find a wreck of Voyager. They found a few relics and a partial blueprint: EMH: Evidence? What evidence? Like this, for example? Triple-armoured ...
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What plans were there for Star Trek: DS9 or Voyager movies?

No plans for DS9 or Voyager films were ever revealed publicly There is no evidence that any of the major creative staff behind the TNG-DS9-Voyager era — Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, Michael ...
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Has anyone been beamed into the future or past in Star Trek?

Yes, it happened both by accident and on purpose By accident The two-part episode DS9: Past Tense. During a transporter accident above Earth in the USS Defiant caused by chroniton particles, Benjamin ...
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